Synapse – First Natural Motion Hiking Shoes

Singapore 2012 – Salomon, the innovative outdoor brand, introduces Synapse Asphalt, the first natural motion hiking shoe. With outstanding cushioning and a simple, flexible approach, Synapse lets consumers run their hike.

While natural motion has become extremely popular with trail running shoes, Synapse Asphalt is the first dedicated hiking shoe adapted for Natural Motion. As people begin to approach mountain trails as their new sports field, they want shoes that let them move fluidly on a variety of surfaces and terrain, provide cushioning and flexion, but are extremely light.

There are three key elements that set Synapse Asphalt apart from other shoes on the market. The first is what Salomon calls Dynamic Ride. Very light OS Muscle provides light, flexible cushioning. OS Tendon adds rebound into the sole to keep you moving from stride to stride.

The next element is called Dynamic Traction, a combination multi-directional grip and staggered, reversed lugs help maintain full contact with the ground for great traction on any terrain or surface. Add a high abrasion rubber compound, and the Synapse will grip to everything from scree to rock to soft ground and mud.

Finally, Dynamic Rolling is created when the first two elements combines with a high heel drop. The sensation is that your shoes help your feet keep going, a little faster than they otherwise might.

While the Synapse Asphalt is radical in terms of the midsole, outsole and ride, it is still every bit Salomon. The upper is made with welded Sensifit and Quicklace, providing precise fit, outstanding foot hold and easy adjustment. There is a toe cap and mud guard for protection and the fit is true to Salomon’s heritage as the fit leader.

“When we started looking at the trend, and seeing the kinds of people that train in the mountains every day, we realized that today’s mountain athletes like to mix it up,” explains Anne Deroulede, Product Line Manager for Hiking Footwear at Salomon. “From bounding down a rough trail to scrambling over rocks to moving very quickly over even terrain, we wanted to create a shoe that excels at all of these things, but maintains the Salomon DNA of fit and precision. Synapse is the solution for the kind of mountain practices we will see more of in the next few years.”

Priced at $209, the Synapse Asphalt is exclusively available at Salomon store @ Velocity, selected World of Sports and World of Outdoors stores.